The Swimming Club by Hannie Rayson

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About the Play

Six young people from around the world, including two UWA students, spend one glorious summer together on a Greek island in 1983. They are beautiful, adventurous, idealistic and believe that the world is theirs for the taking.

Fast-forward to 2009: These footloose and fancy-free types have turned into successful and driven people who are juggling careers, families and mortgages and are grappling with middle age. Each in their own way, they feel trapped by their life choices and are baffled by their children's youth culture in the new millennium. Will a reunion on their magical Greek island be able to rekindle their spiritual fire?  

"Hannie Rayson has a genius for capturing the zeitgeist of her generation with humour, warmth, sympathy and a sense of pathos, which she so masterfully did in her successful plays Life After George and Hotel Sorrento. This is a play for baby boomers and all those who love them. You will take delight in seeing their dreams, dilemmas and regrets brought to life on stage." Kate Cherry

The Swimming Club is a co-production with Melbourne Theatre Company.

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Tina Bursill, Caroline Gillmer, Megan Holloway, Sarah McNeill, Nicholas Papademetriou, Igor Sas and John Waters.

Director: Kate Cherry

Set & Costume Designer: Christina Smith Lighting Designer: Matt Scott Composer/Sound Designer: Russell Goldsmith Movement Director: Claudia Alessi


"Each actor plays their roles to perfection and engages the audience. Gillmer in particular was a standout, humorously portraying the suddenly single, breast cancer survivor Bird." WA Today

"...the dialogue is often sharp, witty and laced with the wistfulness that comes from feeling the sand run through the hourglass." The West Australian

"It is engaging, thoughtful, entertaining theatre, marvellously Australian, with great acting and superb direction. I'd go again." Post Newspaper

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